What the Lack of Great Lakes Ice Coverage Means — Midwestern Plants

Originally posted on THE UP NORTH READER: To call it a mild winter would be putting it, well, mildly. As our current mid-winter warmup rolls on, those in the upper Midwest are either rejoicing at the unseasonable temperatures or are dreading the impact that it will have on the outdoor industries—namely skiing, sledding and snowmobiling.…

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Endangered Species Act!

National Geographic reports The U.S. Endangered Species Act has saved more than 200 species from extinction—but business and political interests want to scuttle it. Read story at Inside the Effort to Kill Protections for Endangered Animals

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Butterflies Need Help!

The Xerces Society has started project to help Monarch Butterflies and their host plants, Milkweeds. Monarch Populations across North America have been in serious decline. This project is part of a collaborative effort to map and better understand monarch butterflies and their host plants across the Western U.S. Data compiled through this project will improve […]

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Canada Protecting Monarch As Endangered Species — Natural History Wanderings

Center for Biological Diversity News Release Canada to Protect Declining Monarch Butterfly as Endangered Species Iconic Butterfly Has Declined by 80 Percent in Recent Decades WASHINGTON— The Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada released a report today recommending that the monarch butterfly be protected as an endangered species due to population decline […]

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Global Wildlife Falls By 58% Since 1979 — Natural History Wanderings

The BBC reports Global wildlife populations have fallen by 58% since 1970, a report says. The Living Planet assessment, by the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) and WWF, suggests that if the trend continues that decline could reach two-thirds among vertebrates by 2020. The figures suggest that animals living in lakes, rivers and wetlands are […]

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When Planting Milkweed Doesn’t Help Monarchs — Natural History Wanderings

Doesn’t planting milkweed help Monarch Butterflies? The answer is not that simple. Experts are reporting that milkweed should only be planted in areas where it occurs naturally and we should only be planting milkweeds that are native locally. Here is a brief excerpt from an article in Bay Nature Turns out there is strong evidence […]

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